We hiked the Scenic Trail last Friday. When we returned to the parking area, most of us continued on to explore a twisty canyon near the old homestead. We saw a hummingbird and a pair of owls along the way.
We hiked out about a mile on Pemberton and then turned onto the Scenic Trail. This was the view just as we turned onto the Scenic Trail.
Another view of Red Mountain:
Sarge shows off his new haircut.
The Pemberton Trail passes several clay mining sites. These areas were not heavily mined due to the invention of PVC pipe.
A hummingbird at rest in a bush. Several of us, including me, were surprised to see it resting.
Approaching the canyon area:
A wash flows through the area, eventually feeding into Stoneman Wash.
Sarge takes a break while Bob and I discussed which way to go. There are many choices, some of which lead to dead ends. Bob and Sarge pose by a steep wall.
Venie, Ellen, Janet, and Linda hike beside another steep wall.
We startled a pair of owls along the way. They would fly a short way and land, only to be roused again as we continued our way up the canyon. We saw them take off and land perhaps half a dozen times. Unfortunately, this photo isn’t in focus, but I’m more than a little surprised that I managed to get a photo of an owl in flight at all.